Kill your darlings!

I just finished Stephen King’s superb book “On Writing”. For someone who’s not a fan of King’s horror stories I thoroughly enjoyed it and came across this quote: Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. I later found out this is one of the most frequent […]

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Making Hard Choices as a Product Manager

I was at an event where the keynote speaker told us when asked by his young daughter on what he does as a product manager, he said: “My job is to make a lot of decisions every day.” Although there are other ways to define what I do day-in and day-out, I often think back […]

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What got you here won’t get you there

I want to let you in on a secret that no one warns you about: A gap on your path from a Senior Product Manager to a Product lead (or Director of Product) exists and you won’t see it coming! The story goes like this: At the beginning as an Associate/Junior Product Manager your job […]

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Is It Even Possible to Focus on Anything Right Now?

I want to acknowledge the strange times we’re in. Lives around the globe has fundamentally changed since March when World Health Organization (WHO) announced COVID-19, a pneumonia-like disease attacking respiratory organs, a pandemic. Like everywhere else in the world here in Toronto, we’ve been under lock-down since mid March. Everyday routines are thrown out of […]

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Review of “Shape Up” book

I enjoy reading books over blog posts and tweets because they provide more context and they can also go deeper. I recently finished reading “Shape Up” written by Ryan Singer. The book is available for free on Base Camp website and it definitely worth a read. Here is my take on it: What is Shaping […]

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What I learned professionally in 2019

In 2019 I read 17 books which may not sound like much but for me it’s the highest number of books I’ve read in years (here is my “completed” books in Goodreads). In addition to an earlier post about my favorite 2019 books here are some other ones that I strongly recommend you to read: […]

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Dealing with ambiguity as a Product Manager

Have you ever that overwhelming feeling when your team is waiting on you to provide perfect answers when you don’t have any? Have you been in a situation that you’re building a product based on a loose vision not knowing exactly how it’s going to look or behave? I have been in these situations many […]

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5 Tips to Balance Tech Debt vs Feature work

As a product manager you lead your team’s and prioritize their work. One common challenge is to decide between spending time to improve current software versus releasing net new features. Improving current software sometimes also known as Technical Debt takes many forms: code can be refactored to be simpler, it can be optimized to run […]

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My Favourite Product Gatherings in Toronto

Product Management is getting more attention and popularity as a profession and so there are quite a few product events happening in Toronto. The other day a friend asked me about my favourite meet up and events that I go. Below are a few of my favourite local events: Product Tank Toronto: https://www.meetup.com/ProductTank_Toronto/ is a big and […]

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Best books I’ve read so far in 2019

I love reading books and even though I’m a slow reader I’ve managed to read 8-9 books annually for the past couple of years. Here are the top 3 excellent books I’ve read so far. Radical Candor by Kim Scott This is by far my favourite book from last year. I loved this book so […]

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